Trojans Improve to 4-3 on the season on Senior Recognition Night. Up next: @Maple Grove.
Featured photo: Senior Bennett Fragomeni scored two touchdowns for Wayzata against Farmington. © Dan Gustafson & Wayzata Photography.
The Trojans squared off against the Farmington Tigers on Friday night. Right from the get-go, Wayzata’s offense looked eager to score. On the very first play, junior back, Malaki Jackson took an end-around for 59 yards, setting the Trojan attack up with excellent field position. Two plays later, Bennet Fragomeni pounded the ball in from the one; making it 7-0 Wayzata.
A quick three and out forced the Farmington offense to punt the ball away, and the second drive for the Trojan’s was no different. A big first play put Wayzata in Tiger territory. Soon after, Malaki Jackson took the handoff and walked in untouched from the 7 yard line.
Now up by a pair of scores, Wayzata focused on keeping their foot on the gas. Once again, the Trojans marched down the field and found themselves in red zone. From 6 yards out, Keaton Heide fired a dart to Connor Hale off of the play action for the touchdown. An impressive start for Wayzata put them up by three touchdowns in the first quarter.
On the defensive end, the Trojans matched the tone set by the offense. To open the second quarter, Jacob Beeninga picked off a deep ball thrown by Farmington’s Alex Berreth. Much of the pick can be credited to the front seven for Wayzata, who held their ground all throughout the second quarter. On the next drive for the Tigers they seemed to get some momentum going, but the Wayzata defense put a stop to their drive at the one yard line. A quick possesion after the goal line stand put the Trojans up by four scores with three minutes remaining in the half.
The Tigers then put together a late drive and scored with 1:17 remaining in the half to make the score 28-7 but, unfortunately for the Tigers, their momentum was halted as the Trojans came back to score in an unbelievable 45 seconds. The Tigers, left with about 30 seconds, attempted to drive down the field, but the hard-nosed Trojan defense held their own to maintain their lead. Score at the half; 35-7.
Wayzata opened the second half of play on defense. Opting to let some starters sit, the Trojan’s struggled to stick to their roles. Farmington took advantage of this lack of discipline and scored on the opening drive. On Wayzata’s next possession, a fumble in the backfield gave the Tiger’s the ball back. Quickly, Farmington turned this into points after a 20 yard TD pass.
Now just a two-score game, the Trojan offense continued their struggle to find a rhythm. After punting the ball away, the Farmington offense built off of previous momentum. From inside the red zone, Alex Berreth scrambled right and decided to run it in himself. Another missed extra-point made the score 35-26, still a two possession game.
On the next drive, Wayzata developed a sense of urgency and put together a solid drive. Taking just 5 plays to travel 63 yards, the Trojan’s capped off their possession with another touchdown from Heide to Hale.
A forced fumble by the Trojan defense set their offense up inside the 10. A couple plays later, the Trojan’s added to their lead, diminishing the hopes of a Farmington comeback. At the end of the third, the score read 49-26 in Wayzata’s favor.
Wayzata chose to go with their second team offense to start the final quarter. A series of back-and-forth drives from both offenses ate up most of the fourth quarter clock, until Farmington scored with less than three minutes remaining. The Trojan’s then got the ball back and ran the remainder of the clock down. Final Score; 49-33.
Wayzata improves to 4-3 on the season. Watch for this Trojan team next week as they face Maple Grove next week at Maple Grove High School.